Wednesday, December 11, 2013

HOW THE REAL GRINCH IS STEALING CHRISTMAS!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!! AND AGAIN I SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!!! When I was a child I thought as a child, I thought of Christmas trees and Santa Clause, stockings and toys. As an adult I thought of Gifts and Secrete Santa's and Grab bags and sales. One day I came out of darkness into God's marvelous light. Now I think of Jesus Christ, God's gift to the world, The Lamb of God who was slain from the foundation of the earth, the real reason for the season.

There is a spirit in America that is getting stronger each and every day. All you have to do is look around during this time of year. Signs exclaiming Merry X-mas, Happy Holidays!! and Seasons Greetings!!, all accepted salutations for this time of year but the real reason for the season, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ seems to diminish every year. Regardless of what His actual birth date is, this is the Churches appointed time to celebrate that occasion. The world has commercialized this Holiday and is trying to remove Christ from the equation. They have also banned Nativity scenes in front of Churches and town squares in many cities. they have X'd out Christ.

This spirit is not only prevalent during the Christmas season but abides all year round. The country is about to remove "In God We Trust" from our money and you can not talk about Christ in most public schools when speaking in a general assembly and they have already removed prayer and movies have been made questioning Christ's Deity and His Holiness. 1 John 4:2-3 talks about this spirit, the spirit of the Anti- Christ.  1 John 4:2-3
King James Version (KJV)
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

It is here and it is getting stronger every day. Man in his own wisdom has decided that the name of Jesus Christ is divisive and an affront to other peoples beliefs and therefore it is politically incorrect to use His name during His own holiday season. In part they are correct Jesus himself said He was coming not to bring "peace but a sword" in Matthew 10:33-35 
King James Version (KJV)
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

He also came to reconcile Man and God, giving us a chance at redemption and everlasting life. He came down from glory to die for our sins. No greater gift has ever been given nor ever will. Celebrating jolly fat men in Red suits and red nosed reindeer and toys instead of the Birth of our savior,yes I said OUR savior because He is whether you believe or not, is a heart breaking shame. In this country that still claims to be a "God fearing" Christian nation, this should not be happening, just like people leaving their families and running out to shop on Thanksgiving Day should not be happening.

Jesus could have cared less about being "politically correct" and neither should we. Let's stop dressing up in Red suits and hats during this season and cloth ourselves in Christ. Make Christ visible this Christmas!

              God bless you all, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall







  

1 John 2:21-23

King James Version (KJV)

21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

THE LATTER REIGN

Praise the Lord everybody! because He alone is worthy to be praised! OH TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOOOOOOD!!!! IT FEELS LIKE FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES!!! MY SOUL DOST BURN WITHIN ME!!! WHAT MORE CAN I SAY? I LOVE THE LORD!!!

 I needed to get that off my chest. I may be going through some things right now but I am determined to stand because of that same joy that was set before Jesus is now set before me. That same joy that allowed Him to endure the cross is now leading me through my little, by comparison,  trials and tribulations. Hebrews 12:22 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God

Because of God's promises I am able to run this race which does not always go to the swift but to those who endure to the end. I might be suffering now but I am looking forward to being seated in heavenly places with Him, reigning forever.

2nd Timothy 2: 11-1311 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:

12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Not only am I looking forward to the "Latter Rain" I'm looking forward to that "Latter Reign", the bible tells us if we "suffer" for Christ's sake, we will reign with Him.  We will be "seated with Him in heavenly places" according to His word. I for one can not wait for this time of trials, tribulation and learning to stretch out on faith brings forth it's fruit.

Today I am pressing forward toward the mark, the mark He has set for me personally as His son. Don't be afraid to stretch out as you reach for that joy that is set before you and Reign with Him.

                   God bless you all, Brother Darrell, Speaking off the wall




Monday, November 18, 2013

WE ALL GIVE SOME, BUT ONE GAVE ALL: REVISITED


Praise the Lord everybody because He is worthy to be praised! In this season of thanks giving I want to thank you all for your support and prayers concerning this ministry. It blesses me every time I hear from one of you. To us Christians the season of Thanksgiving is all year round, 24/7. A  while ago I wrote the following as God was dealing with me concerning these things, here it is, a little food for thought.



Praise The Lord! I pray everyone is doing well and is enjoying the blessing of God. I am encouraged today. In my last post I declared that sin made me sick and that the devil may be angry with me but I was even more angry with him, I said it then and I'll say it again " I am tired of him stealing from me" For years he used drugs to take everything away from me accept my life and most of my family. He stole my sister and my baby brother from me and the rest of my family. Both were in their 30's when drugs led to their deaths. "Why has God spared me?" I often ask myself, "Why are they dead while I am yet alive?" The answer is God's amazing grace.

It is God's amazing grace that allows us to stand up and say "enough!!" When the devil rears his ugly head in our lives. I have re - embraced this attitude I am marching back to my first love and what I mean by "first love" is I'm striving for that relationship I had when I first met Him, that total devotion, that desire to spend all my time with him and to live in His presence. I remember how broken I was when I first got saved. I cried for weeks at the drop of a hat. For years I didn't own a T.V. and I never missed it because His word kept me and satisfied me, I studied it day and night even while I ate my meals.
Now when I eat I've got to have the T.V on so I can watch one of my favorite shows. Television and other electronic media are God's greatest competition for our attention. Even with all the tel-evangelist and gospel music shows on cable and T.V. none take the place of personal devotion time with God. A lot of the gospel shows on television have entertainment value but few have the anointing that destroys the yoke of bondage. One scripture in Mark 12:29-31 
29And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

How many of us actually follow that command? There should be nothing between us and our love for God, nobody, no TV program, no hobby or career should over shadow our relationship with God. As much as I would like to say I have reached that point in my walk I can not. I am still striving to reach that level. The level I was a lot closer to when I first got saved. Why? I ask myself, is it so hard to maintain the intensity we had in the beginning of our relationship!
You have to work at it. It is like a marriage, you have to work at it to make it work. The bible says in Galatians 5:17 
17For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 
 And in Mark 14:37 +38
37And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?
38Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
  We have been sleeping on God, at least I know I have, I have not been living everything I know how. Yes I have been afflicted but that is not an excuse and at times I believe I have used it as an excuse to "slack off" a bit and not press my way through the pain and discomfort when I could have. There were times when I could not make it, very painful times and I let those times effect me and my desire to press on when I had the ability to do so. My spirit was willing but my flesh did not want to hurt anymore and the enemy used that to try and hinder me but I'm tired of him stealing from me and hindering my progress in Christ. When I think of the power the body of Christ could have if we all returned to our first love of Christ and even beyond that. We have to die in order to live, we have to cry sometime in order to laugh and we have to suffer before we can be delivered. I love the Lord, He gave his all for me why can't I give my all for Him?
                                           God Bless You All, Brother Darrell, A Watchman









Wednesday, November 6, 2013

BLINGING IN THE KINGDOM!!

Praise the Lord everybody, the worlds season of Thanksgiving is here, but for us believers every day is a day of thanksgiving. I love what God is doing in my life and at my church(FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST HOLINESS USA),
The following is just a little food for thought.

In the world they talk about getting many things like, getting rich, getting paid, getting smart, getting shorty and getting jiggy, but the the word of God says "...in all your getting get UNDERSTANDING."(Proverbs 4:7)

PROVERBS 3:13-24

13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.

24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Verse 14 talks about merchandise, merchandise being a commodity or goods worth selling or giving away that are needed or desired by others. If we have the merchandise of wisdom and understanding they are to be more desired than silver and gold. Verse 22 talks about wisdom and understanding being a "grace to thy neck". In the world you see people trying to out do one another with these ornate chains, medallions and diamonds to show how prosperous they are.

God says wisdom is your gold and understanding your silver. What good is it to have material wealth if you don't have the wisdom and understanding to maintain it. Sometimes we get fixated on the golden crowns with jewels mentioned in Revelations but without the spiritual "bling" of Wisdom and Understanding we can forget about ever receiving any golden crowns.

Next time you find yourself in church singing "I'm gonna wear a crown" ask yourself if your wearing wisdom and understanding first.

            God bless you all, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

G.I.'S FOR JESUS

Praise the Lord everybody because He alone is worthy. I love the Lord, up, down or sideways no matter how my life is going my faith and my trust is in Him. Even now when things are dark all around there is light in him, I am a G.I. are you?


While watching old World War Two movies over the years I noticed how the soldiers called themselves G.I.'s. I later learned that they called themselves that because everything they had from their underwear to their weapons had "government issued" stamped on it, even their toothpaste and toilet tissue. Thus they began to think of themselves as "Government Issued".

They were manufactured in boot camp and "issued" where ever the Government saw fit. That same Government supplied them with all their needs from the crown of their heads to the soles of their feet. We as Christians need to realize who's we are and who supplies all our needs.

In Luke chapter seven a Centurion which is a leader over soldiers in the Roman army asks for Jesus to heal his servant whom he is very fond of. In verses 6-9 we see this 6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:

7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.

8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

What the Centurion was saying to Jesus was, I like you am a man with authority over people, in this case soldiers and servants. Jesus was also a man of authority, spiritual authority, which was evident by his preaching, teachings and how He was able to perform miracles and His people were His soldiers. Who are His people? Those of us who are of the household of faith, we are His people and as such we are also His soldiers.

We are called into service by God and are trained in our churches. Everything we have is "God Issued" The word of God says "the earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof" Everything we wear, eat and own comes from Him. It is all stamped "God issued" as per the 19th Psalm 1-4The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.(NIV)

Just as soldiers of the world depend on the government for everything, soldiers of the Lord should be fully dependent on Him. In the worldly army if you have a problem you must follow a long chain of command before your plea is heard.
In the army of the Lord the chain of command is from us to Him, Jesus on the main line, hallelujah! We are G.I.'s for Jesus, God issued and God maintained.
                         
              God bless you all, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

SIFTING THE U.S.A.


Praise the Lord everybody! God is moving by His spirit and it is time for us to get in step. I don't want to be left for dead by the roadside as God gathers in His saints. This is the home stretch and many are pulling up lame because we are allowing the Enemy to put stumbling blocks in our way. Just as athletes must take care of their bodies so they can endure, we as Christians must take care to work out our salvation with fear and trembling as we run this race. The Enemy wishes to "have" us just as he did Peter. The following is a message the Lord gave me to share with you all.



 Luke 22:31+32 states     31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

The above scripture is one of my favorite scriptures. Here Jesus is letting Peter know that he was about to go through some major league testing of his faith by the enemy. He also told Peter that during that testing his faith would falter but in the end he would return to his faith in Jesus stronger than ever, and that then he should use his new found strength to strengthen his brothers in Christ.

Today as you look around at a falling nation and a church under attack, it is easy to see that the enemy is sifting the body of Christ in America as wheat. Satan has sifted us through separating us by denominations and false doctrines like faith and prosperity that have caused many to compromise their beliefs while others have completely fallen away, caught up in the mudslide of political correctness that is inundating the Church. The Political correctness of the world cannot work in the body of Christ. We cannot be afraid to call sin, sin, for fear of offending somebody. We are not elected officials running for office we are Christians called to a life of holiness and elected by God, so if the whole world decides that homosexuality is acceptable we then must stand alone proclaiming what the word of God says about it, popular or not.

The good news is that Jesus has prayed for us. So no matter how dark things get, no matter what the enemy throws at us, those of us who endure to the end and faint not, will come back stronger then ever and be able to bare the infirmities of those who are weaker.
So let us not get caught up in the Tsunami that the enemy has unleashed in these final days and let’s hold on. Remember Jesus has prayed for us and you can’t do any better than that. God bless you all.
                                                       Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall


Thursday, October 10, 2013

"IN ALL THESE THINGS..."

Praise the Lord everybody because He is worthy to be praised. I cannot begin to tell you all the things my wife and I are going through right now. to say they are Job like would not be true because his afflictions came out of the blue, a lot of my problems are secondary to my own disobedience and past drug addiction. My wife's afflictions are more Job like with no reason or cause that man can see but what ever the cause of our trials we have hope, because we have our faith and trust in God.

As I was praying about these things the other day I came across the following scripture and as I read it certain words jumped out at me and bolstered my faith and resolve.

ROMANS 8:33- 39     33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.


34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The words "IN ALL THESE THINGS..." kept resounding in my mind. I began to think about "all these things", the infirmities, the attacks, the trials and tribulations we have been through. Even when you can't see any light at the end of the tunnel in the natural Gods word says we "are more then conquerors" in all these things.

To conquer means To overcome or surmount by physical, mental, or moral force, meaning we will overcome the physical, the mental and moral or spiritual aspects of our afflictions. In other words "All these things". Verse 38 states 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Gods word has persuaded me that neither "now" trials nor trials "to come" can separate me from the love of God. I feel like shouting right now, can you imagine!

God loves us so much that it is His wish that none of us should perish, His word says that He would never allow us to carry more then we can bare, it says He will supply all our needs and make ways of escape so that we don't have to fall into the temptation of sin. So in my mind that means Gods love and presence are ever present in our lives, those of us who believe and put our faith in Him. How can we lose? That is why we are MORE than conquerors, anyone can overcome a situation but we believers are mighty through God, He has our backs what can be better than that!

So again I set my face like flint and carry on knowing that through Jesus I am more than a conqueror in "All these things"
                  God bless you all, Brother Darrell, Speaking off the wall

                

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

GOD DON'T BLESS NO MESS!


Praise the Lord everybody for He alone is worthy to be praised. I love the Lord and I love all of you. I thank God for this ministry and how he uses me in it, I'm not writing to please myself or man. I'm writing to please God and that is not always pleasant for me or the body of Christ. The following is a cautionary word.


Ezekiel 13:6, 7      6) Their visions are false and their Divination's a lie. They say,”The Lord declares,” When the Lord has not sent them; yet they expect their words to be fulfilled. 7) Have you not seen false visions and uttered lying divination's when you say, “The Lord declares,” though I have not spoken?

False Prophets have been a problem for believers since God first began using men to speak to his people. For some reason some men want to be prophets and men of God but they want it for the wrong reasons. They want to be seen, they want to be spoken highly of by other men. They want to attract the opposite sex and they want power. Then there is a group who are even more diabolical, they are fueled by hate and rage and they are filled with the spirit of the Anti-Christ. They purposely mislead the people with false visions and false prophecy hoping to lead them straight to Hell because they hate God and they hate his people.

Many are led astray by them because of their lack of knowledge of Gods word. That is why we must study to show ourselves approved, workman who need not be ashamed. God has said “my people perish for lack of knowledge” and the enemy uses that lack of knowledge whenever and wherever he can.

Prophets throughout history were loners without many friends. People were afraid of them and hated to see them coming because you never knew what kind of message they were bringing, also they represented Gods light and men love darkness. They also mostly brought news of Gods judgment or His coming wrath.
The office of Prophet today is held by the Holy Spirit and those Christians with the gift of prophecy are usually just confirming what the spirit has already spoken to us about.

 Today’s false prophets try to make it a more glamorous position, traveling from church to church promising big crowds and big offerings as people are willing to go just about anywhere to hear a word from the Lord. Yet what they usually get is a message filled with generalities and vagaries and promises of blessing that amount to nothing but lies and the Pastors that allow them in their pulpits because of the lure of large offerings and crowds are just as guilty.
So next time you see an invitation to go see the Prophet always pray and check all prophecy against scripture because all prophecy must line up with scripture, and if  what they tell you is news to you and not confirmation then pray and get confirmation. See if God is in it.

          God bless you all, Brother Darrell, Speaking off the wall





Monday, September 23, 2013

"IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD..."


Praise the Lord everybody fore He is worthy to be praised! I love the Lord and I love His word, I stand on it and try to live by it each and everyday and I have not been disappointed in it's power and wisdom. That is why it bothers me when people question Gods word and it's authority. The following is a little something God inspired me to write.

Galatians 1:10-12  10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 


Whenever I am witnessing I hear this all the time, “men wrote the bible” or “the bible was changed by men to fit their purposes.” Paul had to address the same accusations from the Galatians. People then and today don’t want to hear the truth. They want to soften Gods word by saying “God never said that! Men just put that in there because it was a popular idea at the time of the crusades.” A lot of homosexuals said that about scripture condemning homosexuality. The truth of the matter is, yes, homosexuality was an accepted practice among men pretty much since the beginning of time, especially during the time of the Roman Empire. So was prostitution, human sacrifice and a plethora of other unseemly practices,They were called SIN, by God and He Spoke against sin from the very beginning when Adam and Eve committed the first one allowing sin to enter the world.

 Even before God Gave Moses the law He Gave man a since of right and wrong, a conscience, that’s how Joseph knew to run and not sleep with Potithars wife. I’m sure back then just as today there were plenty of men who would have gladly taken his place.

 Today We believers have more than just a conscience we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us, leading us into all truth. Paul said “we have the mind of Christ”So I say to you “who is making up what?” Next time a non believer tells you that Man made up the bible; just hold your head high and say “all scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2nd Timothy 3:16) “ Gods word also says in 1st Corinthians 1: 17-19  17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

God said it and I believe it. "Let God be true and every man a liar.”
                            God Bess you.  Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall                                                                                                                                                                                    


Monday, September 9, 2013

SHAKEN BUT NOT STIRRED!!

Praise the Lord because He alone is worthy to be praised. God has truly been good to me and my wife who just got out of the hospital this past week. She is feeling much better but still has some issues that we need God to handle and heal for her. In this house we serve and trust the Lord! So as we wait on Him we will yet praise him. The following post is straight from the heart of God and really gave me pause, I am sure it will do the same for you.


Hebrews 12: 25-27       25See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 26At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." 27The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

Twelve years ago on September eleventh 2001 terrorist attacked the world trade center in New York and the world’s financial center and the symbol of capitalism in America came tumbling down. It was a catastrophe of biblical proportions. The people of this country were shaken; they flocked to churches across the Nation seeking answers from the same God they were previously trying to turn their backs on by taking prayer out of schools and the Ten Commandments off the walls of its court rooms. A country where at one time on Sundays super markets and malls were closed and “blue laws” were in effect and people flocked to churches, now it is a place where Sundays are wide open and God has to compete with two for one sales, sports and liquor sales to get people into his church on Sundays. But for one short period that all changed, people were hurting and turned to God for answers.

 They came, some for the first time, some were coming back after leaving the church for various reasons. They appeared to be earnestly seeking answers and they were earnest in their attempts to find answers, but were they earnest in their attempts to find God for those answers?

All you have to do is look around you when you go to church these days to see that the answer is no. The same churches that were full after 9/11 are now half empty. The people who went looking for answers left out one important thing “seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” They forgot to seek God. Instead they sought answers that made since to their carnal minds and rejected sound doctrine. The bible talks about the word of God being spiritual and that only the spiritual can understand it. How do we become spiritual? We first must repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior, and then His spirit will come and live in us and lead us into all truth.

9/11 shook a lot of people up but it did not stir up their hearts enough for them to truly seek God and to realize they needed a savior most of all.  They were shaken by 9/11 but not stirred enough to put pride and intellect aside so that God could truly come into their lives. So in the short time they did go to church, Gods word was not able to take root in the fallow ground of their hearts and the cares of this world washed it away and the people did not know who to blame and fell away from fellowship.

 It is not all their fault. Though they blame God and even deny His existence in some cases the church, yes the body of Christ has to take some of the blame. People hurting, confused and afraid walked into churches all over the country and were greeted with pastors preaching faith and prosperity and members with no power and living like the world. There were no peculiar people, nobody trying to live holy or teaching about living holy. So multitudes of new comers came in looked around and came to the conclusion that Jesus is not the answer. What a shame.

We Christians should have been stirred up by the opportunity we had in front of us and many were, but we failed in our presentation and in other cases our testimonies did not stand up to scrutiny. We are Christ’s representatives here on Earth; let us always remember to walk according to our calling in Christ Jesus. Let us prepare ourselves so that next time God shakes our world we will be able stir those who come looking for answers and at the same time allow God to stir up our gifts so He can use us to touch and change people’s hearts. God Bless You All
                                 Brother Darrell, Speaking Off the Wall



Friday, August 30, 2013

GETTING "HIGH" ON THE "MIGHTY"

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!! "Though He slay me yet will I praise Him" I may be in the valley right now but God is with me every step of the way. His rod and staff comfort me and He lets me know everything is going to be alright. Sometimes you have to look back at who God has been in your life and where He has brought you from. Thinking on that is when God led me to the following scripture and post.



   Obadiah 3+4                 3) "The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, who shall bring me down to the ground?" 4)”Though you soar like the Eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down; declares the Lord.”

The bible says “Pride goeth before a fall” And for good reason. There are a lot of people, in the body and out, who are going around trusting in anything but God. Their faith is in created things and not the creator. They believe in wealth, to them money is power. They hire body guards and put in expensive security systems and live in tall buildings and they say “I am safe, who can touch me here?” But the bible says in 1st Cor. 10: 12  "So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall"

 There was a time when I counted myself among the “high and the mighty”, there I was, college educated, a professional Registered Nurse. I had made it I thought to myself, I have reached the promised land, “who can stop me?” I thought to myself. To make matters worse I counted myself a Christian, a disciple of Christ. Yes I had a drug problem that I was depending on God to help me with, but for everything else I was set, after all I had my degree, my License, they would surely open up any doors I needed opened and provide finances for whatever material things I would need. I did not need God for these things I believed at the time. I was my own man or so I thought.

God has a way of getting your attention and letting you know who’s in charge. He closed doors no college degree or R.N. license could open. No gift of gab or sparkling personality can get you a job that He does not want you to have. I learned that the hard way but it was a good lesson to learn. The word says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” it also says “The Earth is the Lords and the fullness there of.”once we learn to let God take control of our lives and trust that He “can do exceedingly and abundantly better than we can ever hope for or ask” we can rest in peace in Him, once I learned that, doors began to open again but not because of me but because it was His will.

Let us stop putting our trust in ourselves and other created things and put our trust in the creator of all things. Now I'm "high" on the Holy Ghost and "mighty" through God, Amen.
                     God bless you all, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall


Thursday, August 22, 2013

RUNNING ON EMPTY!!:


Praise the Lord everybody! fore He is worthy to be praised! I pray everybody is enjoying Gods blessing. My wife and I continue to be attacked in our bodies and our finances but we remain steadfast in our faith as we wait and watch what God is doing, and He is moving concerning our relationship with Him. The following is  something God gave me that ties in with my last post "Stay IN JERUSALEM" I pray it blesses you and opens your eyes as it did mine.


              Acts 2:46,47       46) “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the Temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”


There is a reason the Christian church is not growing as fast as Islam or other religions through out the world, and it’s not because there are not enough televangelist, Christian radio stations, missionaries or tent revivals. In some Cities in America there are two and three churches on one block. We have street preachers, subway evangelist and people who just hand out tracts on street corners. Still the Christian church is not growing as fast as other religions, especially in the U.S. There is something missing from the Body of Christ, we have forgotten some of the things that gave the church power, things that spurred the Lord to bless the church and to prosper it.

The above scripture from Acts talks about the church being in and continuing with one accord. The power of being with one accord was demonstrated on the day of Pentecost. Jesus told his disciples they would receive power from on high and when they were gathered together with one accord they received that power and they went on to shake up the world. The reason the Christian Church is no longer shaking up the world is because there is no power in the church anymore, we are no longer acting as one. We are separated by doctrine, race and religious rituals. When was the last time neighborhood churches truly fellow shipped together? When was the last time they went out into the field together to work the harvest together? Instead we look for excuses to put each other down and reasons why we can not possibly be yoked together with “THEM”.

 We can’t even come together with one accord in our own “Church clubs”, I call them church clubs because we treat them like private clubs, members only! We pull up in our fancy cars and step over the locals as we enter into the house of prayer. Once inside we Question Gods authority, the authority God put in place to run His  church and bring forth His vision. There is disobedience, backbiting, gossip and sowing seeds of discord. And Gods work gets lost in the mix.We need to get back to breaking bread together and coming together with one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to serve God and worship him in spirit and in truth. We need to flip the power switch back on so that preachers can preach the full council of God with boldness and without fear. Stop fighting the vision and start embracing your pastors vision because he received it from God. Of course if your pastor goes off track from the word of God point it out to him, other wise follow him as he follows Christ. Reach out to the Churches around you join with them in their labors to bring in the harvest, fellowship, break bread and come together with one accord and watch the power of God Flow.

                God Bless you all. Brother Darrell, Speaking off the wall
     





Tuesday, August 13, 2013

STAY IN JERUSALEM!


Praise the Lord! Let everything that has breath praise His holy name! I love the Lord and what He's doing in my life right now. He is bringing me closer to Him, reeling me in like a fish on a hook, bringing back to the relationship we once had back when I first saw the light and the burdens of my heart rolled away. A time when it was all Jesus all the time. I immersed myself in his presence and I wanted to know all about Him.

I am returning to my first love and He has told me to stand still and wait on Him because something is about to happen just like He told the Disciples right before his ascension into heaven written about in Act chapter one.

ACTS 1:3-5(NIV) STATES  3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

Right now I am waiting in "Jerusalem" my Jerusalem. I'm sure just like it is for me right now Jerusalem was not a comfortable place to be for the Disciples, they were being hunted and persecuted. They were in hiding and meeting in secret and just like them I have been tempted to run away, run away from my calling, my detractors and the haters of Holiness but I like them am going to wait on the promise of God.

The word says "God is not slack concerning His promise..."(2nd Peter 3:9) or His promises for that matter. The promises He made to me concerning ministry and healing as long as I am obedient and stay in my Jerusalem and wait for it are for me. No matter the tricks and fiery darts of the enemy trying to get me to move on I will believe God. The promises of God are yea and Amen according to His word and I'm standing on that. I am tired of "leaving Jerusalem" just before my blessing comes, turning back when it was waiting for me around the next corner.

 We know The Disciples were rewarded for their obedience with the baptism of the Holy spirit. If God told you to "Stay in Jerusalem and wait on what was promised" STAY AND WAIT! Tell yourself "I'm not leaving come what may, through the storm, through the rain, through sickness and through pain, I'm waiting on Him.

Lamentations 3:24-26 states    24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

        God bless you all, Brother Darrell, Speaking off the wall


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

GET UP AND HANDLE YOUR BUSINESS!!


Praise the Lord everybody because He is worthy to be praised!!! I pray everyone is enjoying Gods blessing. God is doing a new thing in my life each and everyday it seems. My wife and I are at this point living from day to day by faith and loving it, just waiting on Him for our daily bread.

A little while ago while I sat wondering why God was allowing all these trials to come our way He brought me to the book of Joshua chapter 10. I read the first nine verses about the defeat of Israel's army at Ai and how distraught Joshua was and how he fasted and prayed asking God "why" and this is what He answered, Joshua 10:10-12 10 And the Lord said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face?

11 Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.

12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.

Have you ever found yourself going through something and you're not getting the victory you expected over the situation, so you start fasting, praying and then crying out to God. After awhile you begin to think your prayers are not getting through and then God says to you what He basically said to Joshua " get up and handle your business, there's sin in the camp!"

All the praying and fasting in the world can't help, Joshua had to get up and deal with the sin. I began to check myself for sins. Sins like drug abuse, adultery, stealing etc. are easy to identify but as was the  case with Achan some are hidden away and not obvious to others and often justified in the eyes of the sinner. I found myself to have been disobedient on a number of occasions when I heard God speak and did not carryout what I was assigned to do. This is rebellion and Gods word says "rebellion" is as the sin of "witchcraft" and "stubbornness" is as "iniquity and idolatry", I had to change, I claim I know His voice so then I must be obedient when He speaks. There is no justification for disobedience. Thanks be to God I don't have to do to myself what Joshua had to do to Achan and his family, I just have purposed in my heart to be obedient and I have asked God to help me with this.

The body of Christ in America finds itself having this same problem. Every time some thing happens in this country that knocks us out of our comfort zone, like 9/11 or Katrina we turn to God in droves. Years later we find ourselves still caught up in the war on terrorism and the weather is more unpredictable then ever. sexual immorality is the new normal and We seek God for answers and it seems like He's not listening. The Church the moral compass of this country is ineffective, THERE IS SIN IN THE CAMP and God is saying "GET UP AND HANDLE YOUR BUSINESS!"

. The Church in America has lost its way. We have compromised and politically corrected ourselves to the point where Gods word is so watered down that what we teach and preach is at times borderline sin at best and heretical at least. We need to stop trying to simulate the world and start assimilating the world for Christ. We’ve got to get back to sound doctrine and stand flat footed against the winds of change and the Anti-Christ spirit that is growing in this country. Let’s get back to calling sin what it is, SIN, and root it out of the Church.

We are the Church, so we must each examine ourselves and recognize our sins, by the way disobedience is not the only thing I found in my life but with Gods help they are no longer in my "camp" I put them on the alter to be burned by Holy Ghost fire. So get up handle your business and be effective for God.

              God bless you all, Brother Darrell, speaking off the wall          





  

Friday, July 19, 2013

SAY WHAT YOU MEAN, MEAN WHAT YOU SAY!!


Praise the Lord everybody because He is worthy to be praised! I'm walking in victory, hallelujah!! Back in the day there was this hit song called "walking in rhythm" a big R+B hit we used to groove to, but now I'm walking in victory and loving it. Everyday my goal is to walk in rhythm with the Holy Spirit of God. Today I can say that my conscience is clear between myself and God and myself and Man, what a great feeling.

A while back God began to deal with me about something that I'd like to share with you all today. He asked me one day "who are you seeking to please?" A simple question that I could not answer truthfully without admitting that at the time I was a people pleaser.
Galatians 1:10(NIV) STATES, 10) Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Apostle Paul was definitely not a people pleaser.

There are too many people pleaser's in the body of Christ, I know because again I was once counted among that number. God began to deal with me over ten years ago concerning this. I found myself on many occasions sitting around with non-believers nodding my head in agreement with them about things that I knew I did not agree with and God did not agree with, from adultery and fornication to stealing and lying. and not standing up for what I really believed, just to fit in with the group. Then I would go home angry with myself because I let them believe I agreed with them when I did not.

 Peer pressure, loneliness and low self esteem are terrible things and have no place in the body of Christ. How can we give the proper witness to non-believers if we are not able to stand up and proclaim what we believe in. I should have declared my faith in Jesus Christ and been a bold witness for Christ.

 We can’t try and please man and serve God, It won’t work. We must as believers stand on Gods word, say what we mean and mean what we say and in this way we can please and serve God, and at the same time influence men to follow us as we follow Christ. Now When the conversation turns to fornication, porno, adultery etc. I excuse myself from the conversation and I tell them why, I no longer contribute to the negativity by being passive, now I bring a positive to the negative, light to the darkness.

Next time you find yourself passively condoning sinful behavior, open your mouth and declare who's you are and whom you serve!
            God bless you all, Brother Darrell, speaking off the wall

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I CAN'T SHUT IT DOWN PART 2: THE PURPOSE DRIVEN CHRISTIAN


Praise the Lord everybody, fore He is worthy to be praised!! I can't tell you how excited I am about what God is doing in my life and my ministry. My wife and I are still waiting on healing and a release of finances but we are growing in our faith everyday. Talking about living by faith and actually doing it are two different things, we thank Him for the growth.

All these things have caused me to look back on what God has called me to do, what is my purpose in Christ? Focusing on that purpose that assignment keeps me from looking to the left or to the right, both filled with the distractions of this world. Nehemiah was a purpose driven christian. Nehemiah 6:1-4 states   Now it came to pass when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)
That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.
And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered them after the same manner

Nehemiah new he was charged with the rebuilding of the walls of Judah and he would not be deterred.
A lot of us know what God has charged us with, what our callings are but we somehow never got started or we came down off the wall to deal with some trumped up distraction orchestrated by the enemy or we got tired of "well doing" and abandoned our task.

I know because it happened to me years ago when I was a new convert giving my all to God in full time ministry at a place called "The Upper Room" in NYC. an out reach for the homeless. I came down off the wall after being tricked by the enemy and it took me years to get back on task, back on the wall. This blog is the first of many steps to get back up on that wall.

I had to remember my purpose, what I was doing and why I was doing it.
I fell off the wall because I was not fully committed for various reasons, Nehemiah was fully committed to seeing the job through to the end. He could have fallen for the tricks of his enemies, he could of come down for a break, he was  ALMOST finished.but he finished the work and he and his people were blessed. 
Nehemiah 6:15+16 states 15 So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.

16 And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.

His enemies lost heart because they saw he was committed to Gods work and that God was committed to helping him. The time has come for staying on the wall, staying on task, the task that God has charged YOU with. If your up there stay up there but if you have fallen off like I did or come down and wandered away on your own for whatever reason remember your purpose, what God has called you to do. Say to yourself "I want to be a purpose driven Christian like Nehemiah". When I am tempted I say "why should I come down? 
I'm doing a good work and why should that stop?"

So let's all remember our purpose and get back up and stay on the wall till our work is done, Amen!
                            God bless you all, Brother Darrell, speaking off the wall       



Friday, June 28, 2013

TO THE TINDER BOX: LORD LET ME BE A MATCH!!

Praise the Lord everybody for He is worthy to be praised! I was truly blessed this past Sunday at church. The spirit of praise came through in a mighty way and Pastor Green brought forth a powerful word,
The moment my wife and I walked in I could feel the bubbling undercurrent, something was about to happen. We walked in at the end of Sunday School and as each class gave a summary of what they learned that day you could feel the anticipation grow, there was a special joy in the building, more than the usual. As the service began I noticed that the people were hungering and thirsting for something from God, the place was like a tinder box and all that was needed was a match to get things started.

At this point I felt the Lord say "get up on your feet and give a testimony of my goodness", I have no problem giving a testimony but it was the "get up on your feet" part that caused me to pause because I never stand for anything because of my disability and everybody knows this but this was the Lord speaking so when the time came I was obedient. I spoke about how God had worked out my problem with my transportation so that I was able to come back to church after four weeks of being stranded.
As I spoke the spirit of joy was all over me and I shouted "Hallelujah!!" and Glory to God that was the "match" lit the whole place up. Then Pastor Green came with the word of God and gave drink to the thirsty masses. Praise God.

All I could think about after we arrived home was another "tinder box", the upper room on the day of Pentecost. Acts 2:1-4And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance

A tinder box is a place that is full of highly combustible material, like a church crying out for a touch from God. Pentecost was such a time. Over one hundred were gathered there, seeking God for direction and understanding after the death and resurrection of Jesus, some were confused, some were distraught but all were seeking God for answers, It was the perfect volatile mix and all that was needed was a  spark. Enter the Holy Spirit, the "match" that would set everyone on fire, the match that would ignite the "tinder Box" that was the upper room. Now the Holy Spirit dwells in us and we carry Him where ever we go.

God says in His word in Psalms 104:1-4 Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire

He makes "His ministers a flaming fire", I want to be one of those ministers, I want to be a "match" for the Lord, I want to bring Holy Ghost fire where ever I Go. I want to be His minister. I want to bring fire to those places that just need a spark for praise to break out, for revival to breakout along with yokes being destroyed and healing taking place. Not for my glory but because I desire to do all I can for God because of all He has done for me, I love the Lord.

Getting that kind of anointing requires Holy living, fasting and praying and spending quality time before the Lord. These things I can never do enough of because I am flesh, but I STRIVE everyday to serve Him to the best of my ability.

USE ME OH LORD FOR YOUR GLORY AND HONOR AND TO THE TINDER BOX: LET ME BE A MATCH!
                                  God bless you all, Brother Darrell, Speaking off the wall

Sunday, June 16, 2013

JEHOVAH SHAMMAH!! (REPOSTED)





PLEASE ENJOY THIS REPOSTING FROM 1/10/2012, GBU

Praise the Lord! I pray everyone is enjoying Gods many blessings. I am blessed every time I open my eyes. I must confess that even though I know this I find myself feeling lost and without the unction to fight this battle when my wife is away from me as she often is for weeks at a time because of her job. I some times find myself getting confused as to where my strength comes from, I have to remind myself who is always there for me, who is never out of town and who was there before I ever knew who my wife was. That would be Jesus Christ my Lord and my God. My wife would be the first to agree with me.


Jesus was there when I was about to jump off the roof of my building as a child while flying a kite. He was there when the enemy tried to suck the life out of me with bad childhood asthma attacks. He was there when I was almost mangled by a train when I fell between the platform and train as a teenager. Each time He spoke to me saying "no not yet" I didn't even know him then but He knew me. He brought me through the madness and self destruction of drug addiction. I thank God for my affliction because finally I got to know Him and accepted him as my Lord and savior in the summer of 1992 at Time square Church. Even though I came to know him in 1992 He was always with me. He states in His word Hebrews 13:5
5Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
He has always been there, He truly is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the author and the finisher of my faith. Revelation 21:6+7
6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
In verse seven it says "He that overcometh shall inherit all things..." That is where I'm at now and where I've been for the last nineteen years in Christ, overcoming one trial after another, most of my own making. Through it all Jesus has been right by my side. He has been For me Jehovah Jireh= the Lord our provider, Jehovah Ropheka= the Lord our healer, Jehovah Shalom= the Lord is our peace and of course Jehovah Shammah= the Lord is present. He has always been there for me, He was my shepherd throughout my life, Jehovah Rohi, and He still is. He is my everything, my all and all and unfortunately every so often I have to get refocused on Him because only He can recharge my batteries.I love my wife and I thank God for her but she can't take Gods place, He is my covering, the head of my life and I am my wife's covering and He is the head of both our lives. We can gain comfort from each other and even inspiration as we we observe the lives of fellow believers but only Christ alone will always be there for us. Regardless of where we find ourselves He is there and He can do anything but fail.
                                              God bless you all,
                                                                Brother Darrell, A Watchman    

Sunday, June 9, 2013

WHO DO YOU TRUST?


Praise the Lord everybody! because He alone is worthy to be praised! I love what God is doing and I pray you all are enjoying Gods blessing in your lives. God has been very good to me and my wife despite what it might look like in the natural. We've been through many trials but our trust will always be in the Lord.

I was reading the paper recently and I noticed all the fuss being made over certain "Superstar" baseball players being caught lying about using steroids and how disappointed people were in their "Roll models". Some fans were very angry and some were almost suicidal. We as humans have a tendency to trust in what we can see and what we can touch. As I was thinking about these things Gods word came to mind. Jeremiah 17: 5+6
Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.
For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited

I was reminded of something that happened about fifteen years ago while I was in a Christian rehab program called Teen Challenge, It had a profound affect on me. I had been there a few months when a new guy was brought in fresh off the streets and totally broken by crack addiction. He had gotten saved at an outreach and was so happy God had saved him from crack and death. As time went by he became more and more attached to one of the counselors . This counselor was a former graduate of the program who was now a roll model and the programs poster boy success story, we all looked up to him.

One morning when we came down for breakfast we were met by a different counselor who had us sit down and told us to wait quietly and the director would be down to address us. Of course we were not quiet and began to speculate and wonder what happened to the regular counselor. Finally the word came down that Brother "Ben" had relapsed over the weekend and gone back to using crack. Shock waves went through the building, but the person hit the hardest was the new brother, he was distraught. He began weeping and mumbling uncontrollably. No one could console him and he had to be led from the room by myself and a few other residents.

After sitting and talking with him it became clear what had happened, he had stopped trusting God some where along the line and started putting his trust in man. You see in his eyes brother "Ben's" relapse meant he was probably going to fall also, if "Ben" couldn't stand and he graduated and was the programs success story what chance did he have. No matter what we said to that brother from that day on did not help. He could not get past man and see God. He eventually left the program and went back on crack.

He forgot who had called him out of darkness and brought him into His marvelous light. This is what happens when we focus on men, even the man of God. Paul said "follow me as I follow Christ". Men will disappoint because we are just men. God can do anything but fail. You can be cursed as it said in verse six above or you can be blessed as it says in Jeremiah 17:7-8
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

I pray the Lord sees some fruit on my tree as I stay focused on Him and continue to pray for us men.

                            God bless you all, Brother Darrell, speaking off the wall
 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

CHURCH A.D.D.( ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER!)

Praise the Lord everybody, for He is worthy to be praised! I trust everyone is enjoying Gods blessing. It is a wonderful thing to see God moving in your life all around you. Let me say this, the devil is not happy about what God is about to do for my wife and I's ministry and personal life. We just have to just continue to press on a little while longer, Praise God!!

Last week I shared something on the prayer line that I'm going to now share with you. The scripture is John 21:17-22    
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.

19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?

21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?

22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

 There is an illness in the body of Christ that has been going on since it's inception. I believe Peter was the first documented case Peter who had denied knowing Jesus three times on the night he was betrayed, was being restored by Jesus and given a charge by Jesus to “feed my sheep.” Instead of Peter being overwhelmed by the grace and mercy of Jesus and thereby out of love and gratitude placing his complete attention on Him, He at that wonderful moment of restoration and love takes his focus off Jesus and starts worrying about what God had in store for another brother. Jesus of course rebuked Peter and in essence told him stop worrying about the next man and focus on following Him.


The same thing is true today in the body of Christ.  Many have forgotten where God has brought them from. They have forgotten His grace and his mercy concerning them and their promise to focus on and follow Jesus. They have become distracted by petty jealousies and gossip. They are focused on man and not God. They begin to question certain decisions and appointments the pastor makes. They want to know why they were not considered or at least consulted concerning those issues.

They begin to question God, wondering why this one or that one is being blessed and they are still waiting. Self importance and pride set in and before long bitterness and anger. They then fade away into a back slided state, all because they have a case of Church Attention Deficit Disorder. A.D.D. started in the world and that’s understandable,
but when it infects the body of Christ, that is unacceptable. The bible says when we put our hands to the Gospel plow don’t look back and we are not to look to the left or the right. If God has called you to feed His sheep, feed His sheep, If God has called you to sing his praises, sing his praises, if God has called you to be an usher, then usher. What ever you have been called to do, do that and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Philippians 2: 1212 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling

                God bless you all, Brother Darrell, Watching from the wall



 


 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

IN THE KINGDOM TALK IS CHEAP!


Praise the Lord everybody! for He is worthy to be praised! I'm still feeling "I can't shut it down!!" my last post. I was going to do a part 2 but something happened the other day and the Lord showed me something that I feel compelled to share with you all.

The other day I had to go for re-evaluation by para transit so I can continue my coverage and a strange thing happened while I was there, strange to the "worldly" anyway. God gave me a testimony. But before that He gave me this scripture 1st Corinthians 4:16-20
16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.

18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.

19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

God drove His message home after I left the evaluation. I began to go over the events of the day.
When I arrived at the center I noticed many others who had come before me and were finished and were now awaiting pick ups home, some had been waiting a long time and were complaining.
after I signed in, a few minutes later I was escorted to the back to see the physical therapist for the re-evaluation.
Afterward I was ushered back to the front were I noticed the same people still waiting and complaining. So I settled myself down for what I was told would be a long wait because the computers were "down" at Access-A-ride causing late pickups. After about fifteen minutes a van pulled up and everyone crowded around to ask if it was for them, I didn't even get up because I felt it couldn't be for me,But God had something else in mind. I heard disappointed voices as one by one they were all turned away and then in walked the driver, he looked around and then asked "are you Darrell"? And just like that I was on my way home. As I walked out to the van somebody asked me "who do you know?" and I smiled and said "I know God, I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!"

As I was whisked away it all came together, This is the power Paul was talking about, power that can be seen working in your life. People ought to be able to know who you are in Christ without you having to open your mouth. Talk is cheap in the kingdom of Heaven. The Corinthian church was doing a lot of puffed up talking, pumping themselves up. Paul said he would not be interested in their words but what power they had. He wanted to see if the power of God was evident in their lives.

Today the body of Christ is full of itself, for the most part ordaining themselves Apostles, prelates, Paraclete's, prophets, Reverend and Pastors. Everyone is caught up in titles and positions but without the evidence of the power of God in your life it means nothing. I'd rather remain plain old Brother Darrell and have the power of God all over me to the point where when I show up things happen, people are healed, delivered and get saved by the power of God. But there is a price that has to be payed for that type of anointing.

You have to live holy, stay prayed up, there will be trials and tribulations. Like Paul you have to suffer some things so that Gods grace can be made perfect in you. I don't want to just talk a good game. God says in his word, Isaiah 29: 13  13 Wherefore the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

Brothers and sisters it is time to stop talking about it and start being about it! Don't talk about being anointed, get anointed!
                   
                         God bless you all, Brother Darrell, A Watchman





 

Monday, May 6, 2013

I CAN'T SHUT IT DOWN!

Praise the Lord everybody! for He alone is worthy to be praised! I must confess that recently I had become very frustrated with all the trials my wife and I have been going through the past few years.
For a few seconds I began to wander what it would feel like to just shut it down, stop writing this blog, stop being on the prayer line, stop hearing from "friends" and "haters" and back biting church folk as I stop  pressing my way through every hindrance thrown my way that have been preventing me from going to church on a regular basis and being effective for God.

Then like Peter I said to whom shall I go? John 6: 67-69
67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God

This is why I can't shut it down, where am I going? back to drugs? back to Satan and his lies?
I am who God says I am. I am a man of God, a praying man, a watchman. God forbid I don't write, God forbid I don't pray and God forbid I don't watch am I perfect? No. But I'm pressing my way. Jeremiah said it was "like fire shut up in his bones. Jeremiah 20:9 9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay

I have a burning desire to love Him to serve Him, to do His will, God has placed that desire in a former crack addict and I have to hold on no matter what comes my way. I can't shut it down! God has called me to be a Watchman, He said He would allow me to see things through His eyes and then give me what to write. Psalm 32:8+9
8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

For this blessing I must suffer many things but I'm going to keep pressing, keep seeking, keep writing and keep praying and no Devil, so called friend or Church folk are going to discourage or turn me around
                               
                       God bless you all, Brother Darrell, A Watchman